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Select Board Short Takes: Deep Cleaning, Summer Help, Absentee Ballots, Parks Closed

Town Hall Closed for Three Days
Town Manager Mark Haddad advised the Select Board that Town Hall will be closed to everyone for a three-day period in order “to sanitize and deep clean the building.” This is a result of “one person who may be ill.” He added that he was bringing an outside company to conduct the work, and not use the Town’s Maintenance Crew. “This is something we need to do.”
 
Hiring Freeze Lifted To Hire Part-time Summer DPW Help
The Dept. of Public Works is down three employees, and Haddad asked the Select Board to authorize him to lift the hiring freeze as the DPW has manpower issues and really needs help. Haddad is proposing hiring a DPW retiree for 16 hours per week to do the mowing through October 21. The Board voted unanimously to support lifting the freeze and hire the needed help.
 
Over 300 Requests For Absentee Ballots
Town Manager Haddad updated the Board that Town Clerk Michael Bouchard has received 300 requests for absentee ballots, and that he is expecting to receive the ballots from the state next week and will mail them out then.
Recommendation To Keep Parks Closed
 
Recommendation to Keep Parks Closed
Town Manager Haddad reported that town parks are closed through May 9. “I would like to revisit it then, but right now I am recommending that we keep the parks closed because there is not enough manpower to keep all of them clean.” He cited cleaning playground equipment and other areas that could pose concerns. Select Board member John Giger added that any exceptions to this should come from the Select Board.
 
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